All posts by Mary Forster

The Ladder To Success

Ten weeks flew by very quickly. The Monday Morning Mixed Pairs Ladder finished this afternoon. The twists and turns had all the elements of a classic Alfred Hitchcock’s film (The 39 Steps). It certainly took a lot more than 39 Steps to get to the top!

Participants have had many ups and downs every step of the way. For some, it felt like one big uphill climb and there were circumstances tripping and pulling us back down the ladder. Certainly, there were those who felt like a step too far and that the ladder wasn’t leaning against the right building!

Everyone’s participation in the past ten weeks is very much appreciated by Janet and David. All in all, they hope everyone had fun. Congratulations to the winners.

Thank you Janet and David from everyone who participated in the Ladder. We all had fun!

Skip Winners on the left side of ladder: At the topmost of the rung – Brian Morin; One step behind (2nd) – David Gardner; One step forward, two steps back (3rd) – Eric Elin; Three steps back (4th) – Jay Huang; Four steps too far but almost got there (5th) – Floyd Ruttan.
Winning Leads on the right side of ladder: (L-R) Gail Richards 1st; Alina Robertson 2nd; Svend Klausen 3rd; Robin Hittos 4th (sitting) and Wendy Finnigan 5th.

Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi

We’re stoked+ to host Wendy Mason and Mark Barrett from Lowlands Bowling Club, Newcastle (Australia) on a lovely Friday arvo++. Our beautiful and vibrant city of Victoria is no woop woop+++ to these visitors even though they travelled many miles to be here.

Lawn bowling fraternity is enjoyed everywhere in the world. Wendy and Mark like to jump into their caravan and travel around Australia to play bowls. When Mary and Mel were bowling at the Mooloolaba Bowls Club (Sunshine Coast) in February, they were delighted to learn that they were coming to visit Canada and quickly invited them for a game at our club. Here they are.

Wendy Mason & Mark Barrett
One 14-end game of Triples was played. Winners were Team Mark (Skip), Mary (Third) &  Dennis (Lead), winning by one point over Team Floyd (Skip), Mel (Third) & Wendy (Lead). Everyone played very well.
(L-R) Wendy Mason, Mark Barrett, Floyd Ruttan, Mel Forster, Gale Ruttan (cheer leader) & Dennis Verge.
(L-R) Wendy, Mary, Mark, Floyd, Gale & Dennis.
What rake? Unheard of in Australia! Wendy enjoying the novelty of raking bowls.

Enjoy the rest of beautiful British Columbia, the Rockies, Quebec, Niagara Falls and the Maritimes, Wendy and Mark! We look forward to seeing you soon.

+ Australian slang for happy, pleased.

++ Australia slang for afternoon.

+++ A humorous Australian slang for any destination outside of one’s local area, deeming it far away (more likely to be a town in the outback but in this instance, our city is far from being in the outback!)



KitchenAid – a must have in the kitchen for some. Indeed, a must have for our club’s kitchen. It’s not the brand of kitchen appliances we’re referring to! It’s our team of dedicated kitchen volunteers who have been running the kitchen for years – making coffee and tea, preparing sandwiches etc., serving all those goodies and cleaning up – on Tea Days, tournaments and social events. You’ve not been forgotten … including those who baked and contributed food etc.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it”, said William Arthur Ward, a writer of inspirational maxims. So, a BIG thank you to all our volunteers in every aspect.

Some of our dedicated kitchen volunteers.
Engage in volunteerism for the continued success of our club!

BSI Rose Bowl Women’s Pairs (Open)

Three outstanding and exciting games were played in the finals at the Canadian Pacific (CP) Lawn Bowling Club this evening. CP members were out in full force to cheer on the six teams which returned after two days of competition. The spectators were all impressed!

All teams in the three divisions played exceptionally well with very close scores. Second place winners lost by a point or two. Our team of Josie Tan and Mary Forster had to break the tie and played an extra end with CP’s team of Lynda Robbins and Pat Levie in B Division and came in second place.

Our club member, Kathy Collister and Lee Millar, also a member of our club as well as CP, were the winners of the event.

A Division – 1st Place

L-R: Kathy Collister (Skip) and Lee Millar (Lead)

B Division – 2nd Place

L-R: Josie Tan (Skip) and Mary Forster (Lead)


Trimming Hedge Jam

L-R: Al Thomson (Lead), Tom Robertson (Rhythm), Bud Randall (Drum) and Ben Mason (Acoustic).

… introducing our own Bluegrass Band – The Hedge Boys, who keep our curb appeal looking good. Thank you guys!

Al Thomson runs the gig and is always looking for newcomers. No audition needed; sign-up process is as simple as a telephone call to him. His phone number is in our club’s directory.


Twilight League May 17, 2018

Outdoor bowling at our club got underway with great enthusiasm. Members were out rolling up a storm at every opportunity.

Another popular club event, the Twilight League, started last Thursday evening with a little hitch from the weather. Those who braved the rain and came out to bowl had a great time. A week later, the weather is beautiful and more members showed up.

Hosted by Floyd and Gail Ruttan (assisted by Dan and Connie Munro), Twilight League is played on every Thursday evening at 6:30pm and goes on for three months. Those who have played in the past know that the club’s famous Strawberry Social will take place mid way … yum! As well, there will be a Pizza feast at the end of the league with prizes given to the winners.

Yardstick May 15, 2018

Donna is holding a yardstick.
The blue bowl gets two points, and one point for the black.

‘Tis the season to tweak your drawing skills … not artistically, but rather skillfully drawing to the jack. Yardstick, a popular fun game hosted by Tom Robertson with Bud Randall and Barry Ming Mah assisting, kicked off to a great start this evening with all eight rinks being used. Everyone had fun! Thank you to all who helped set up the rinks.

The tackle consists of a golf ball, three feet of twine and a nail. The golf ball acts as the jack. Two of them are set in each rink, in such a way for bowlers to practice drawing to a short and a long jack length.

The bowl that is closest to the jack (the golf ball) gets two points and any bowl that is within a yard gets one point each. The bowler who gets the most points after 14 ends is declared the winner.

This event continues on every Tuesday evening at 6:30pm until further notice.